‘Inadequate’ nursery set to close this term

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A damning Ofsted report has labelled the care of two to four year olds at Little Stars Nursery as ‘inadequate’ and the nursery is now set to close.

Little Stars nursery based at Rossett Sports centre scored the lowest possible mark of four in all categories in their latest Ofsted report and the nursery’s management have confirmed the facility will close at the end of this term in July.

The Ofsted report said: “Children do not make adequate progress in their learning and development,” and “Children’s welfare needs are not suitable met.”

Most worryingly the report said: “Children are not adequately safeguarded in the setting because staff are not rigorously checked to ensure that they are suitable to be left unsupervised with children.”

The report carried out by inspector Laura Hoyland goes on to say that the provider must obtain criminal records check for every person who works with children to meet their requirements.

Nursery manager Sandra Thomas denies that her staff have not been subject to checks and has lodged a complaint with Ofsted.

She said: “The CRB checks can be transferred from other similar jobs so all of the staff have had them but perhaps at their previous work place.

“Last time we were inspected we were given a three and have made improvements since then so I think we should have at least got a three again.”

A spokesperson from Ofsted confirmed that a complaint had been made and was being investigated and said: “It would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Paul Staniland company secretary for Rossett Green Trading ltd which runs the nursery said: “No children were at risk, all the staff had recent CRB checks which are good for three years.”

He confirmed the nursery would be closing in July due to falling numbers.

He said: “We would need funding to bring the nursery to the increasing standards Ofsted need but do not have the funds.

“We would need to borrow money from banks to do that which is just not viable with the fall of numbers for next term.”

He added he felt the Ofsted report was “a bit unfair.”

Ms Thomas said she thought it was a shame the nursery was going to close.

She said: “The other nearest nursery only opens from 9am to 3pm but we were open all day so we were a fix for working families, other day nurseries nearby are a lot more expensive.”

Although the Little Stars nursery was based at Rossett Sports centre Mr Staniland stressed the nursery was unrelated to the school.